When it comes to communication, we’re focused on making the experience faster, better and easier for WeChatters all over the world. That’s why we’re eager to introduce WeChat 6.2 for iOS and Android, now with translation for Moments. We’ve also simplified the chat history migration process when switching to a new device, added a new photo picker tool to make sending images even faster, included a few upgrades for Android Wear and much more.
Have you ever forgotten a password and been locked out of your account?
With the endless list of apps and online accounts today, all of which require a password for security and identification measures, it’s no wonder we sometimes forget that magic password.
To make life easier for all our WeChatters out there, we would like to introduce Voiceprint – a voice recognition system that can be used to log in to your WeChat account, available on Android and iOS. Just like your fingerprint, your voice is unique and once you’ve enabled this cool feature, our smart systems can recognize your specific voice and intonations to verify your identity.
One year ago, we took a big step in our mission and launched CliffCentral on WeChat. It has been an exciting journey since then, and we’ve accomplished more than we could have imagined. As we celebrate CliffCentral’s first year, we can’t help but to reflect on all of their amazing achievements.
In 12 short months, CliffCentral has amassed more than 131,000 followers on WeChat, and more than three million podcast downloads. With CliffCentral’s growing popularity, it’s now even easier to join the CliffCentral team. WeChatters can instantly tune into the revamped CliffCentral Official Account (OA) on WeChat, and easily search and discover podcasts and the Msg2Show options. Read More CliffCentral Turns One On WeChat
Some moments in life are better told through video. And now you can capture and share them all in six-second clips with WeChat’s Sight feature. Here’s a handy guide to help.
Sight Shooting is Simple
You can access Sight with a swift pull-down of the main chat screen. Once the eye icon appears, you’ll be able to start recording your Sights. Simply press and hold the green video button to record, and release to send. You can then choose to share your video with friends through Moments, private chats, group chats, or just save it as a draft for later.
Pro-tip: if you double tap when shooting a Sight, you can zoom in and out.
Save Sights for Later
There will be times when you won’t want to publish your Sight right away. Luckily, Sights taken from the main screen can be saved in your drafts for up to 14 days. Just select the option “Save to Draft” after recording.
To publish a saved Sight to Moments:
- Click Discover > Moments
- Tap the camera icon on the upper right hand corner
- Select “Sight”
- Choose from Sights
WeChat is always looking for ways to reward our users, and also for ways to give back to you for being such loyal WeChatters. Following our successful Friends n Rewards Campaign in India, we are now extending our campaign to users in Malaysia!
From now until April 25th, WeChat users living in Malaysia will have the opportunity to earn WeChat points to redeem cool gifts from local brands, such as Huawei, Chatime, Grabtaxi, MCash and Zalora. All you have to do to redeem points (up to 3 points a day) is make a video or voice call of at least 60 seconds through WeChat.
The points will be accumulated to redeem awesome gifts, like the Huawei Ultra-Thin Power-Bank, discounts from Chatime and MCash, RM10 off your next MyTeksi ride, or even enjoying storewide coupons from Zalora.*
So how do I start earning points and redeeming gifts?
We’re glad you asked. If you are living in Malaysia:
- Voice or Video Call your friends on WeChat
- Chat for at least 60 seconds
- Redeem your points at WeChat Team > WeReward
- Check your balance through the WeReward Balance Page, redeem vouchers / coupons under My Vouchers
And that’s it! If you want to be a part of this awesome campaign to redeem amazing prizes, download WeChat today and start calling away.
To help you celebrate, we’ve packaged six red envelopes filled with WeChat tips and tricks to ensure your Chinese New Year holidays are fun-filled and smooth sailing from here on out.
Ringing in the New Year
Show off your sensational Sights
Start your Lunar New Year with the festive lion dance! Capture and share the loud drum celebrations and dance action by recording a Sight video. To get started, visit your “WeChat” tab > Swipe to the bottom > “Hold to Capture” > Begin recording > Post it to Moments or share it privately with your friends. You can also save it in your “Drafts” if you’d like to send it later.
Whatever your relationship status this Valentine’s Day, WeChat has all of the tools to help you celebrate this romantic time the way that works for you.
Totally in Love
Feeling warm and fuzzy with butterflies fluttering in your stomach? Or maybe you can’t stop thinking about that special someone and your eyes light up when you’re with them. That’s what they call love, and we have the prescription for it.
Customizable Valentine’s Day E-Cards
Every romance has its own special story and sometimes, regular cards just don’t cut it. Instantly customize your photo then send the free e-card to your special someone. Get started by visiting the menu in the WeChat Team account.
Available in select regions.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then imagine how many love letters you can write with animated stickers. Melt your lover’s heart with our “Sweet Love” and “Trainee Cupid” sticker sets. Download them for free in our sticker gallery.
WeChatters are busy – sometimes you need to multi-task, send a message at work, or use a keyboard to type quicker and longer messages. That’s why three years ago, we launched Web WeChat, WeChat’s web-based client, and have been improving it ever since. So you can WeChat with your friends and family directly on your desktop.
Have you checked out Web WeChat?
- It’s available for all WeChat Users – iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows.
- And is supported on multiple browsers. For example, Chrome, Firefox, Safari.
1. Visit https://web.wechat.com/
2. With your WeChat QR code scanner, scan the QR code shown
- iOS users: Tap “+” in the upper right corner -> “Scan QR Code”
- Android users: Tap the three dots in the upper right corner -> “Scan QR Code”
3. On your phone, confirm your web log-in
But that’s not all – Did you know WeChat also has a native Mac app?
For 2015, we’re introducing a new series of tech tip posts featuring the loveable BubbleBot, your WeChat “How To” guru. Each month, we’ll give a special tip straight from our team to make sure your New Year chatting is the best one yet.
After recovering from the holiday festivities, it’s now time to start on those New Year’s resolutions and spruce up your 2015 style – starting with your WeChat account.
Your personal WeChat QR code says a lot about you, so make sure it’s as fun as you are!
1. Click on ‘Me’ in the bottom right corner of your WeChat screen. This will bring up your ‘Me’ settings screen where you can click on the section displaying your profile summary and name
Introducing three of our special holiday sticker packs – Santa’s Little Elfer, Xmas 2K14 and Mr. Topper to help you celebrate this festive season!
Santa’s Little ElferWork at the North Pole is tough, but Santa’s Little Elfer knows how to keep it fun and productive so that every boy and girl on Santa’s nice list gets what they want for Christmas (yay)! Unfortunately, he’s also in charge of making sure all the naughty kids get their fair share of coal (boo).
When Santa’s Little Elfer isn’t building presents at the workshop, you can find him and the other elves at the local tavern drinking spiked eggnog while getting their groove on to some step dancing and jigging.
Whether he’s sharing milk and cookies with Santa or wrapping presents, this friendly elf will make your Christmas and WeChat conversations ever so jolly!
Whether or not you’re a seasoned shopaholic, we all know that once the holiday season rolls around, it means the yearly shop til’ you drop tradition is about to kick in.
With only a few days left before the big day, WeChat’s official accounts are here to make your shopping experience easier, bringing all the latest items right to your fingertips. And to help you pick out the perfect presents, we’d like to recommend a few of our favorite official accounts to follow (and shop from).
1. ZALORA (Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand)
Fashionistas and trendsetters everywhere are flocking to Zalora, Asia’s leading online retailer to get their hands on the hottest items of the season. With a wide range of clothing, shoes, accessories and bags for both women and men from the runway, Zalora is sure to have something for all you WeChatters looking to spoil and style your loved ones.
So start following Zalora in your country and check out this season’s best trends.
Have you ever sent a message to a friend on WeChat and to your surprise emoticons fell from the sky? Wonder why this happened? Well, we are here to tell you – hidden falling emoticon Easter eggs.
And right now, just for our Chatterbox readers, we are demystifying the secrets behind which keywords trigger these fun surprises.
Falling emoticons are unique to WeChat and drop from your screen when you type in certain keywords to your friends and family. There are three favorite emoticons that will always fall and these cascade down when WeChatters type in “Happy Birthday,” “Miss You” or “XOXO.” But don’t just take our word for it. Try them out for yourself.
Happy Birthday (available in all languages)
During Thanksgiving, most of us get together with friends and family and spend the entire Thursday cooking and enjoying a hearty feast (plus, leftovers for days). Or sometimes, we’re already waiting in line at the malls for Black Friday so we can get that special deal on the latest gadget or fashionable sweater.
At WeChat, our users’ privacy is top of mind in all aspects of product development. For our over 468M monthly active users, it is important to us they have the ability to control their own privacy and information shared when communicating on WeChat.
To ensure this, we have made the following product decisions to empower users:
No Message Read Confirmations
This is why we decided not to include message read confirmations because we believe the exact time you read a message in WeChat is your business and no one else’s – unless you make that decision yourself. Users can chat freely in WeChat knowing the other party will not see any timestamp or receive information about your messaging behavior other than the content of the conversation you choose to share.
Other WeChat privacy functionalities include:
- Keeping your mobile number private – While WeChat enables you to make free voice and video calls, we do not display your mobile phone number for others to see. After all, you wouldn’t give out your number to just anyone would you?
- Easily control who and when people can contact you – In the app, users can simply tap “Me”-> “Settings” -> “Privacy” to switch on “Friend Confirmation.” This feature requires other users to send an initial friend request before being able to chat with the other user. The Privacy tab also includes the ability to turn on or off the “Find Me” option, allowing the user to determine if he or she would like to be found by WeChat ID or mobile number.
Alex Goldmark and his girlfriend, Liza Stark, had the ultimate WeChat experience – using only stickers to communicate for a whole month. Listen to their New Tech City story and how they used WeChat stickers for the journey.
Face it, Emoji is here to stay. Texting is visual, and images can enhance how we talk. But, will it also change the content of what we say to each other?
In this intimate episode, one couple banishes all written words from text messages for a month to see how it alters their emotional vocabulary. Along the way they are forced to create their own lexicon of imagery — oddly, not terribly unlike ancient Egyptians and Sumerians. Naturally, this 21st century couple hits a few comical communications mishaps as they build a visual language of two.